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Breckenridge Public Library Y HUR (Text) 33500013254503 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781250229557
  • ISBN: 1250229553
  • Physical Description: 326 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2020.

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General Note:
A Junior Library Guild Selection --inside front cover
Summary, etc.:
In Joseon Dynasty-era Korea, sixteen-year-old Seol, an indentured servant within the police bureau, becomes entangled in a politically-charged investigation into the murder of a noblewoman.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #1
    In 1800 Joseon Korea, Seol is a police damo, a low-class servant who acts as an officer in cases that involve women (as the law states men cannot interview or handle female victims). When she's called to examine the body of the young noblewoman Lady O, Seol, whose curiosity often gets her into trouble, wins the respect of Inspector Han, with whom she's partnered. As she investigates, secrets emerge regarding private affairs and ties to Catholicism, the practice of which is illegal, and when Han becomes a prime suspect, Seol must determine where her loyalties truly lie. In this striking debut, Hur has crafted an intriguing historical mystery set in a time period often overlooked in YA (an author's note explains more about the era), populated with a gender-norm-defying main character and real-life people in tertiary roles, all adding authenticity to the plot. A compelling mystery for lovers of Victorian murder cases who are ready for an alternative to the London setting. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

June Hur was born in South Korea and raised in Canada, except for the time when she moved back to Korea and attended high school there. She studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto. She began writing her debut novel, The Silence of Bones, after obsessing over books about Joseon Korea. When she's not writing, she works as an assistant for the public library or can be found journaling at a coffee shop. June currently lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

Subject: Police > Fiction.
Indentured servants > Juvenile fiction.
Murder > Juvenile fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Juvenile fiction.
Catholics > Juvenile fiction.
Persecution > Juvenile fiction.
Korea > History > Chosŏn dynasty, 1392-1910 > Juvenile fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
Police > Fiction.
Indentured servants > Fiction.
Murder > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Catholics > Fiction.
Persecution > Fiction.
Korea > History > Chosŏn dynasty, 1392-1910 > Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.

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